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'The Whole Thing Is Like A Pile Of Metal': Photos From The Amtrak Train Derailment In Philadelphia

The train hurtled off the tracks while rounding a sharp curve in an old industrial neighborhood not far from the Delaware River shortly after 9 p.m. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
The train hurtled off the tracks while rounding a sharp curve in an old industrial neighborhood not far from the Delaware River shortly after 9 p.m. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
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Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fatal Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday night, which killed at least seven and injured more than 200. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
Investigators are working to determine the cause of a fatal Amtrak train derailment in Philadelphia Tuesday night, which killed at least seven and injured more than 200. (Patrick Semansky/AP)
The train hurtled off the tracks while rounding a sharp curve in an old industrial neighborhood not far from the Delaware River shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
The train hurtled off the tracks while rounding a sharp curve in an old industrial neighborhood not far from the Delaware River shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Investigators recovered the locomotive's black box data recorders and said they expected them to yield crucial information, including how fast the train was going. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Investigators recovered the locomotive's black box data recorders and said they expected them to yield crucial information, including how fast the train was going. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
"It's a devastating scene. There are many first responders out there. They are working. They are examining the equipment, seeing if there are any more people in the rail cars," Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
"It's a devastating scene. There are many first responders out there. They are working. They are examining the equipment, seeing if there are any more people in the rail cars," Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board said. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
The train was en route from Washington to New York with 238 passengers and five crew members listed aboard when it lurched to the side and flew off the tracks at a notorious curve not far from the scene of one of the nation's deadliest train wrecks more than 70 years ago. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
The train was en route from Washington to New York with 238 passengers and five crew members listed aboard when it lurched to the side and flew off the tracks at a notorious curve not far from the scene of one of the nation's deadliest train wrecks more than 70 years ago. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
The wreck plunged screaming passengers into darkness and chaos Tuesday night. (Paul Cheung/AP)
The wreck plunged screaming passengers into darkness and chaos Tuesday night. (Paul Cheung/AP)
The dead included an employee of The Associated Press and a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
The dead included an employee of The Associated Press and a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
The conductor survived and was expected to give a statement to police. The train also had a video camera in its front end that could yield clues to what happened, according to the NTSB. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
The conductor survived and was expected to give a statement to police. The train also had a video camera in its front end that could yield clues to what happened, according to the NTSB. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Amtrak inspected the stretch of track on Tuesday, just hours before the accident, and found no defects, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Amtrak inspected the stretch of track on Tuesday, just hours before the accident, and found no defects, according to the Federal Railroad Administration. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
"It was terrifying and awful, and as it was happening it just did not feel like the kind of thing you could walk away from, so I feel very lucky," passenger Jillian Jorgensen, 27, told The Associated Press. "The scene in the car I was in was total disarray, and people were clearly in a great deal of pain." (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
"It was terrifying and awful, and as it was happening it just did not feel like the kind of thing you could walk away from, so I feel very lucky," passenger Jillian Jorgensen, 27, told The Associated Press. "The scene in the car I was in was total disarray, and people were clearly in a great deal of pain." (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Passengers scrambled through the windows of toppled cars to escape. One of the seven cars was severely mangled. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Passengers scrambled through the windows of toppled cars to escape. One of the seven cars was severely mangled. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Hospitals treated more than 200 people for injuries that included burns and broken bones. At least 10 were hospitalized in critical condition. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Hospitals treated more than 200 people for injuries that included burns and broken bones. At least 10 were hospitalized in critical condition. (Joseph Kaczmarek/AP)
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, pictured here speaking at a news conference Wednesday, said some people remained unaccounted for, though he cautioned that some passengers listed on the Amtrak manifest might not have boarded the train, while others might not have checked in with authorities. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, pictured here speaking at a news conference Wednesday, said some people remained unaccounted for, though he cautioned that some passengers listed on the Amtrak manifest might not have boarded the train, while others might not have checked in with authorities. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Mayor Nutter hugs Lori Dee Patterson, a nearby resident, after she handed him a cup of coffee after he spoke at a news conference Wednesday. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Mayor Nutter hugs Lori Dee Patterson, a nearby resident, after she handed him a cup of coffee after he spoke at a news conference Wednesday. (Matt Slocum/AP)
"The front of the train is really mangled," said AP manager Paul Cheung, who was on the train when it derailed. "It's a complete wreck. The whole thing is like a pile of metal." (Mel Evans/AP)
"The front of the train is really mangled," said AP manager Paul Cheung, who was on the train when it derailed. "It's a complete wreck. The whole thing is like a pile of metal." (Mel Evans/AP)
The mayor, citing the mangled tracks and downed wires, said: "There's no circumstance under which there would be any Amtrak service this week through Philadelphia." (Patrick Semansky/AP)
The mayor, citing the mangled tracks and downed wires, said: "There's no circumstance under which there would be any Amtrak service this week through Philadelphia." (Patrick Semansky/AP)
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